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December 1, 2012

It's the little things that count

Tonawanda News — Ron Wacker is really happy, to say the least. He’s been bugging state and local officials for a long time to put a left turn signal at Wheatfield Street.

“The other day, I was waiting behind another car waiting for traffic to clear to make a left turn, when the car in front of me turned left. I couldn’t believe there was a left turn arrow. Can’t tell you how happy I am,” he laughed.

Ron has worked very hard to get this done. Now, he can start on any number of other trouble spots. Go for it, Ron!

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Perhaps today’s column should be called “Pinochle Players Unite.”

After last week’s column about not being able to find pinochle cards, lo and behold on Sunday morning, Monsignor Wetter presented me with two decks of pinochle cards, blessed of course. A great gift.

Then Joy Heinrich sent an email saying that Walgreens has Bicycle playing cards for pinochle at the North Tonawanda store on Payne Avenue.She even said they are in the toy isle, at the back of the row where there’s a whole display of playing cards.

“Have fun playing cards!,” Joy wrote. She also noted pinochle cards are available online, but, as she said, “you’ll pay postage.”

Then, who should weigh in on the cards, but Peter Gfroerer.

“As computer illiterate as I am,” Peter emailed, “a 10-second Google ‘pinochle cards’ search produced all kinds of information. Walmart has them for $1.79 a deck. My father carried four or five decks in his car at all times. Maybe you should do the same.”

Don’t think so, Peter, but I can tell you my sisters are happy campers knowing we’ll be playing with a clean — and not stacked — deck. Come join us any time.

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